Meetings & Incentives
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Our Team

From concept to completion we are your solution for exceptional meeting, incentive and event management. Whether you’re planning an incentive trip for 200 of your top sales performers, or a conference bringing together thousands of your customers from around the globe, we provide you with custom, scalable solutions to meet your event needs.

Executive Leadership

Mary Sue Leathers
President, Meetings & Incentives

Mary Sue began her career as a travel counselor, which lead her to a 10-year career with World Travel & Incentives as an AccountExecutive. In 1996 she founded Advantage Performance Network and served as its CEO and President. Mary Sue sold her company to ALTOUR in 2010 and becamePresident of the Meetings & Incentives division, a position she’s held ever since. Mary Sue led the integration of the organizations and has delivered more than a 100% event and business growth since the acquisition.

With experience in all areas of the travel industry including strategic planning, performance improvement and strategic meetings management implementation, Mary Sue looks forward to continuous excellence in the experience of working with ALTOUR clients and their stakeholders. Leathers states, “Anyone can buy technology, it is how you invest in and around the technology that drives that point of difference, and ALTOUR has and will continue to do so.”  We listen and then deliver a customized experience for our clients.

Mary Sue has received awards for her leadership within the industry including recognition as a CMI top 25 company.  Her volunteer efforts outside the industry have also been recognized including her decades spent as a mentor, teacher and advisor to the Dakota County Technical School of Events and Travel Management.   Mary Sue was Women’s Business Owner of theYear and Wise Business Owner of the Year as recognized by the Minnesota Business Journal Publications.  Mary Sue and her husband Ray also served as foster parents in her community.

Mary Sue is a life-long resident of Prior Lake,Minnesota and is passionate about cooking, travelling and celebrating special occasions with her family.

Kim Holste
VP, Meetings & Incentives Operations

As a meetings industry veteran for over 24 years, Kim has extensive convention and leadership experience.  Kim is responsible for leading both the purchasing and operations teams within the ALTOUR M&I division as well as client and employee retention, managing overall service offerings and developing operational efficiencies.  Throughout her career, Kim has planned high-touch Board Meetings, Trade Shows, User Conferences, and Conventions up to8,000 people.  Kim also spent several years of her career within the production arena producing large scale hair and fashion shows for Aveda. During her tenure, she has worked in all facets of the industry from a direct corporate setting to DMC and third-party agencies. This diversity has allowed her to utilize successful approaches within each segment and provides a greater insight on all aspects of conventions and events.  

“Service is key to our business.  I believe every customer deserves unparalleled service and having a partner like ALTOUR who always has their companies’ best interest in mind.”  

Kim is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children and resides in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Sales and New Business Development

Chris Lund
Sr. VP Sales & Marketing

An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience of providing customized meeting planning services, extraordinary incentive travel award programs and integrated marketing solutions.  Recently, Chris has been focusing his efforts on enterprise wide Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) solutions that focus on customer business objectives, risk mitigation and measurable cost savings.

Rick Weber
Vice President, Sales

Rick brings over three decades of marketing leadership to his companies. Rick has rich marketing experiences in event and conference ideation, branding, positioning, new product launches, local store marketing, publicity, sales promotions, web-based relationship-building and budgeting. His forte is in creating trusted and valued client relationships and in developing impactful communications programs that inspire and motivate audiences to higher performance.

Currently, Rick is VP Sales for the global meeting and event management company, ALTOUR. In this same industry vertical, Rick previously served as Director of BusinessDevelopment and Client Service for InVision Communications and was VicePresident Marketing and Client Development for FLIRT Communications, all inChicago.

Rick has led brand and consumer practice groups for the global PR firms Ketchum and Weber-Shandwick as Senior Vice President. He also worked senior corporate marketing levels with the restaurant chains KFC, Red Lobster, Olive Garden andMorton’s Steakhouse. As an entrepreneur, Rick owned a multi-million-dollar advertising and promotions agency in Orlando, Florida.

Harper Rooney
Business Development Manager

Harper has spent her entire career in the events industry.  When she was just starting out, she was tasked with planning conferences and incentives for some of the world’s largest tech and airline companies.  These experiences led her to realize her passion lies with creating unique and memorable events across the globe. Recently, Harper transitioned from ALTOUR’s operations team to the business development side where she’s able to focus her energy on customer care, concepting and designing new events, and finding new ways to bring customers in the door.  Harper lives in Minneapolis and enjoys spending time at the dog park with her GreatDane, Olaf, and traveling to new destinations.

Operations Leadership

Lindsay Jandl
Director, Program Design & Supplier Relations

Lindsay has been with ALTOUR for 19 years, in which she currently oversees the Sourcing and Program Design Specialist Team. This team focuses on negotiating contracts and bringing overall cost savings to your business as well as creating and designing the best experience for your attendees at each event in each destination. The team has active members in SITE MN and are continuously engaged with the industry trends and building strong relationships with clients and suppliers. The team is committed in presenting the best experience at the best value for all clients. Lindsay has a dedication and loyalty that is contagious; she has been in her role of Director of Program Design, Supplier Relations for 8 years and prior to this, she was an employee of ALTOUR within the Operations Team assisting and executing events. Lindsay has a family with 3 children, a puppy and supportive husband. Her family resides in Southern Minnesota.

Wendy Markert
Director, Program Operations

Wendy has been in the Meetings and Incentive industry for over 25 years. She has worked in the non-profit and for-profit arenas, direct with Corporate clients as well as with 3rd party incentive companies. Wendy has been with ALTOUR Meetings and Incentives for over 13 years; 10 as a contract trip director and 3 as a full-time employee overseeing the Meeting Planning, Travel Staff, Merchandise and Technology Engagement teams. She began her career as a meeting planner and has planned both large- and small-scale meetings, conferences and high-end incentive trips. She specializes in VIP and international programs and in onsite execution. She is married and has 4 adult children. Wendy and her husband live in Stillwater, MN.

Beth Vriesen
Director, Technology and Implementation

Beth oversees the Digital Design and Implementation team within the Meetings & Incentives division of ALTOUR. She has been in the travel industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles. She enjoys the evolving nature of the travel industry, technology solutions, and how they work together to bring successful events for our clients. Beth lives outside of Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

Community

At ALTOUR, we believe in doing good and giving back to our communities. In addition to the many organizations ALTOUR supports, the Meetings & Incentives Team also selects charities and organizations that we want to support each year, and design mini-events to bring together our staff to support these deserving organizations. A few of our favorites from 2018 include:

·      CarverCounty Humane Society

·      Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

·      360Communities Burnsville Food Shelf

·      Toys for Tots

·      MNChildren’s Hospitals

Our Story

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Expertise & Services

From concept to completion we are your solution for exceptional meeting, incentive and event management. Whether you’re planning an incentive trip for 200 of your top sales performers, or a conference bringing together thousands of your customers from around the globe, we provide you with custom, scalable solutions to meet your event needs.

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Strategic Meetings
Management

We listen, we design – then we deliver a custom program to meet your goals. The custom technology our team creates for clients interfaces with their own technology for a seamless service delivery. Building just one solution—which provides sourcing, budgeting, registration and full service event management that can be data-tracked and reported on with detail.

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Why ALTOUR

Find out why our clients and industry partners trust ALTOUR with their events.

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